Ministers statements: JobsBank

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (11:19:43) — I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is assisting disadvantaged jobseekers into work through our flagship JobsBank program. JobsBank is linking leading Victorian businesses with some 200 jobseekers and getting them into meaningful employment. Some of our state’s biggest employers, including Bombardier, John Holland, NAB, AGL and Linfox, have all pledged jobs through this flagship program.

JobsBank is changing lives. If I take young Chris, who I met recently. He was unemployed for over eight years through a range of difficulties in his life. Thanks to the Andrews Labor government’s JobsBank program Chris has turned his life around. He has been given training and employment support and is now working at Coleman Rail on some of our state’s most exciting rail projects throughout Victoria.

Three times the number of jobs, 10 times the number of projects — JobsBank is changing lives. Over 7000 unemployed Victorians have found work since 2016. But this is all at risk. I ask someone to please give Miley Cyrus a call because the Leader of the Opposition has Jeff on the wrecking ball. Make no mistake: when the one‑man band comes back, we know one song the opposition leader will be singing.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The minister will resume his seat. The minister will refrain from attacking the opposition. I ask him to come back to making a ministers statement.

Mr CARROLL — What did Jeff last do? Cut, cut, cut.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER (11:21:24) — Order! The minister will resume his seat. The member for Hawthorn and the member for Thomastown will leave the chamber for the period of 1 hour.

Honourable members for Hawthorn and Thomastown withdrew from chamber.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The Leader of The Nationals is warned.

Mr CARROLL — When Jeff comes back the Leader of the Opposition will be singing that old Buck Owens classic It’s Crying Time.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The minister will resume his seat. The minister has concluded his statement.